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  • Your Leadership Makes a Difference!

    We are almost seven years into the Global War on Terrorism and members of Team Fairchild have made significant contributions to the fight! These contributions have been made in a variety of ways - flying air refueling missions, maintaining aircraft, protecting resources and providing medical care for the wounded are just some of the many ways you
  • Never just a captain

    Promotions are a significant event in an Airman's career and life. When a person is promoted, the Air Force is saying we have trust and confidence in his/her abilities to serve in the next higher grade. Many are filled with pride - they invite friends, coworkers and family members to their promotion ceremony to thank them for their support in
  • Preparation for the future

    One of our nation's greatest presidents once said, "If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my axe." Those immortal words were spoken by President Lincoln as he led the country during one of the most significant conflicts in our nation's history, the Civil War. We at Fairchild face a tree of our own. While it may
  • Bloom warrior planted

    One of the greatest things about serving in the U.S. military is that every chief master sergeant began as an airman basic and every four-star general began their officer career as a second lieutenant. Everyone, regardless of rank, begins at the ground level. The beauty of this system is we have the opportunity to discover lessons and gain
  • Are we too busy to listen to our local heritage?

    One of the things I love the most about the Air Force is the people I get to work with on a daily basis. It's always inspiring to me to see the motivation and capabilities of the people around me and to hear their stories about how they are contributing to the various missions on this base. When I read the commentary from last week from one of my
  • Mind, Body and Soul

    I have been in the military now for 24 years, and in that time I have learned a little something on how to maintain my sanity. If I challenge myself in three areas each day, those being mind, body and soul, I can count my day complete and balanced. As the commander, I find that a lot of my days are spent roughing up my limited brain capacity by
  • Give Blood: Save a Life

    During the 101 Critical Days of Summer we focus on safety and fun. We should also focus on the need to help others. A red alert has gone out in Washington this summer for immediate blood donors. There is a critical shortage of all types, with the most need for the universal donors (O+ and O-) to step forward and give. In as little as an hour you
  • Signs of change

    The signs of change are all around us. From the numerous change-of-command ceremony announcements, retirement ceremony invitations, farewell gathering notices and e-mails asking about farewell gift ideas, we are constantly reminded of how our organization, the wing and the entire base is changing. Not only is our base leadership undergoing a
  • Airmen doing Real Work

    In the world of physics, the Law of Conservation of Energy states simply that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, just changed from one form to another. In my years since entering the Air Force, I have seen a phenomenon that I consider a variation to that law: the Law of Conservation of "Real Work." And what is "Real Work" you might ask?
  • SECAF and CSAF resignations: A call to return to basics

    The following is a memorandum for all Air Mobility Command personnel from the AMC Commander. 1. Last week, our Air Force and Nation learned that our Secretary and Chief of Staff will soon step down from their leadership posts. In resigning, they accepted responsibility and held themselves accountable for recent Air Force mission failures. In